White County schools closed March 18-April 6, says director

Posted by | March 15, 2020 3:59 pm

From Kurt Dronebarger, White County director of schools:

“White County Schools will be in session Monday and Tuesday, March 16th and 17th of this coming week. Our schools will then be closed on Wednesday, March 18th and will remain closed until Monday, April 6th.

“This closure is not based on any local medical reports but is rather a precautionary measure utilizing Spring Break and our remaining stockpiled snow days.

“During the closure, the school properties will be quarantined and no one (other than school officials and cleaning crews) will be allowed in the facilities. All extracurricular actives will cease until further notice including all practices, games, trips, and … CONTINUED

Nancy Drew book series celebrating 90th anniversary in 2020

Posted by | March 15, 2020 2:58 pm


Send us your memories and photos

This year celebrates the 90th anniversary of the beloved Nancy Drew book series. We are looking for memories from people who read the books and/or collected the books. Also, we would like a photo of your books (if you still have them), and we want you in the photo, too! Rachel, our fantastic writer for The Expositor/SpartaLive, will be composing a story that will be published April 27. We want to include your photo with this story. Deadline to submit the photos and memories is 8 a.m., Wednesday, April 15. You can post them here or email them to kim@spartalive.com. … CONTINUED

Robert Allen Underwood

Posted by | March 15, 2020 6:16 am

Robert Allen Underwood, 88 of Sparta, passed away March 11, 2020, in Loudon.

Mr. Underwood was born Aug. 8, 1931.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Online condolences may be made at oaklawnmemorial.com

Almedia Gravitt Smith

Posted by | March 15, 2020 6:10 am

Almedia Gravitt Smith, 87, of Quebeck, passed away March 10, 2020, at Life Care Center of Rhea County, Tennessee.

Mrs. Smith was born Aug. 19, 1932, to Lawrence Gravitt and Rose Lee Knight Gravitt.

She grew up in Rhea County and later moved to Chattanooga. In 1953, she married Benny J. Smith. They were married for over 66 years, during which she created a stable and loving home through several moves across the United States. They spent many years in Florida before returning to Tennessee.

Mrs. Smith worked most of her life in the food service and beauty and apparel industries. She retired from Red Kap, in 1997, … CONTINUED

Oma Lee Hillis

Posted by | March 15, 2020 6:04 am

Oma Lee Hillis, 87, of McMinnville, formerly of Sparta, passed away March 14, 2020, at her home.

Mrs. Hillis was born July 4, 1932, in Palmer, was a member of Oakland Church of Christ, and was the owner of Outpost Outdoor.

She was known for her cooking. Family gatherings and church meals were treated with her noteworthy chicken and dumplings and banana pudding. Her kitchen and back porch were considered the “gathering place,” and she considered it a joy to entertain family and friends. She also enjoyed putting puzzles together, crocheting, and spending time with her family. She spent her years of marriage lovingly caring for the husband … CONTINUED

TEMA FLASH REPORT #17 – TN tornadoes and severe weather

Posted by | March 14, 2020 1:55 pm

Saturday, March 14, 2020 | 11:34 a.m.


  • Those impacted by the recent tornadoes and severe storms should apply for disaster assistance. Applicants may register in-person, online, or over the phone.
  • The deadline to register for disaster assistance is May 4, 2020.
  • On March 13, FEMA opened a Mobile Registration Intake Center in Wilson County to provide help with registration. FEMA also is operating a Mobile Registration Intake Center in Davidson County.
  •  FEMA has approved more than $765,000 in disaster grants for 271 Tennessee homeowners and renters who sustained uninsured or underinsured losses from the storms.
  •  PDAs have been completed in all counties.
  •  Visit TEMA’s recovery resource page

Remote Area Medical clinic cancelled for March 21-22

Posted by | March 14, 2020 9:18 am

As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic continues to spread throughout the United States, the Remote Area Medical—RAM Team is watching developments closely.

After much discussion, the decision has been made to postpone RAM free clinic, in Cookeville, scheduled for March 21-22, 2020. A new date for a clinic is to be announced.

RAM remains dedicated to our mission to prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free quality healthcare to those in need.  RAM continues to prioritize the safety and health of patients, volunteers, and staff.

Please feel free to reach out anytime if you have any further questions, or visit our website for updates and announcements at www.ramusa.org


OVC suspends athletic activities until further notice

Posted by | March 14, 2020 6:59 am

(March 12, 2020) – The Ohio Valley Conference Board of Presidents have announced that effective immediately OVC member institutions will suspend athletic-related activities including all competition, and formal practices until further notice due to the COVID-19 public health threat.

All recruiting-related travel is also suspended until April 3, 2020, at which time the impact of that ban will be evaluated.

The main priority of the OVC is to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and administrators. The league will continue to monitor all relevant information on COVID-19 on a daily basis.

TWRA hunter education classes, shooting range closed

Posted by | March 14, 2020 6:44 am

Due to the Governor Bill Lee’s declared state of emergency, and for the health of the public, all Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency hunter education classes and firings ranges will be closed until further notice.

Governor Lee issued Executive Order No. 14 on Thursday declaring a state of emergency in Tennessee to facilitate the treatment and containment of COVID-19.

TEMA FLASH REPORT #16 – TN tornadoes and severe weather

Posted by | March 14, 2020 6:19 am

Friday, March 13, 2020 | 04:56pm


  • Those impacted by the recent tornadoes and severe storms should apply for disaster assistance. Applicants may register in-person, online, or over the phone. At this time, 2,746 individuals have registered for FEMA disaster assistance.
  • A Mobile Registration Intake Center has opened in Wilson County.
  • FEMA has approved more than $765,000 in disaster grants for 271 Tennessee homeowners and renters who sustained uninsured or underinsured losses from the storms.
  • PDAs have been completed in all counties.
  • Visit TEMA’s recovery resource page for information on disaster help and recovery.
  • State of Emergency remains as TEMA begins transition to disaster recovery posture.
  • Tennessee Department

E-STEAM workshop

Posted by | March 13, 2020 1:44 pm

White County Early Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics program that was scheduled for 9-11 a.m., March 14, at White County Public Library has been cancelled.

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